Brake Repair Service in Safety Harbor, FL – Duane’s Dealer Alternative

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Brake Inspection and Maintenance

It is important to have your entire automotive brake system inspected at least once per year, but having brake pads, rotors and drums checked every six months is an even better idea. Having your brakes inspected during your routine oil change is a quick easy way to knowing the health of your braking system. Brake pads and rotors must be kept to an acceptable thickness to prevent more costly brake system damage. Maintaining your cars brake system is among the most important steps to take in keeping your vehicle safe for you, your passengers and everyone else on the road with you.

Types of Brake Systems:

Most vehicles today use an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), yet many vehicles still on the road use standard brake systems. The main components of a brake system include the rotors, the calipers and the brake pads, or brake shoes on drum brakes. Usually it is the pads or shoes that go unchecked and wear out that causes more serious damage.

What to Consider when Choosing Brake Repair

Since brakes are one of the more important parts of your vehicle, selecting a shop that doesn’t cut corners when fixing them is important. We have years of brake system experience and take care to ensure your brakes function as they should.

Types of Brake Pads and Brake Shoes:

Typically, there are two types of brake pads on most vehicles today. The most common brake pads installed on passenger vehicles are:
  • Semi-metallic brake pads. Most common. Long-term durability. The downside is that are sometimes noisy, they produce brake dust and they tend to wear down rotors faster than ceramics.
  • Ceramic brake pads. Less noisy and they wear down more slowly. Create less dust. Only downside is that they cost a little more than traditional brake pads.
Duane’s Dealer Alternative will help you choose the right brake system components for your vehicle. We want you to get the most out of your car!

Brake System Warning Signs:

Here are a few of the warning signs that may indicate your car needs to be checked. Please call us right away if you are having any of these issues:
  • Unusual shaking or vibration when applying the brakes
  • A high-pitched squealing noise coming from the brakes
  • A grinding noise or scratching noise when traveling at low speeds when not even applying the brakes
  • Having to applymore pressure to the brakes to get your vehicle to stop properly.

Brake Repair Tips:

The longer you go without fixing brake problems when they need it, the more unsafe they become and the more costly the repair. As pads wear out, the metal casing that holds the pads in place can begin to dig into the brake rotors. When this happens, it may require that the pads and rotors need to be replaced.